by Leanne Durr
Tonight Basement 20 plays host to the mouth-watering pairing of IT’S MURDER BEAMS and SHEEPY.
With his gigantic stature and aloof demeanour HONZA cuts an interesting presence. Having seen Honza play once before at an acoustic gig where he took to the stage with Villy Raze of THE DEAD CLASS, I was more than curious to see what he would be like solo. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be tonight as he didn’t turn up.
IT’S MURDER BEAMS are described as heavy, psychedelic, garage punk and that is pretty much what you get. Arriving on stage wearing a 70’s psychedelic hippie inspired garb they actually mirror what they’re about to sound like. There is an almost retro feel to IT’S MURDER BEAMS, not in a dated way but in a punked up Woodstock way.
Even though the band executes some lyrical finesse it’s the instrumental parts in the songs which are most exciting as they manage to sound like drawn out jam sessions. IT’S MURDER BEAMS achieve what many other bands fail to and that is an instrumental that is in no way repetitive or waning, but one that is completely exhilarating and manages to take you to all kinds of musical places.
SHEEPY is the alter ego of Luke Jones, who only looks a mere whippersnapper but don’t be fooled by this baby-faced musical assassin. Despite his tender years, he has just finished recording his twelfth home made album in six years.
His sound is pop-punk, although live it does sound heavier. SHEEPY’s songs do seem to sway between more pop-punky affairs such as ‘Bobble Hat Girl’ to the heavier ‘Batteries’. The Sheepy band also consists of Villy Raze who injects his own infusion of pure punk into the mix.
SHEEPY seems to have an aptitude for song-writing; with songs such as ‘Camera Phone Girl’ and ‘Crack Injector’ the lyrics seem so easy and carefree, yet this simply re-iterates his ability to reflect the everyday into witty and well crafted lyrics.
In a word: Baaaa-dass.